This review of NJPW: New Beginnings in Sapporo Part 3 will be as broadcasted by AXS TV.
Therefore, all images are courtesy of AXS TV.
- IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega w/ Nick Jackson VS Jay White; White wins and becomes the new IWGP USHC.
PLAY BY PLAY
AXS TV and NJPW review what led to tonight’s championship match.
“When you don’t have a plan, and you just live by chaos and what happens in that moment,” Jay White knows “things aren’t always going to go quite as you would like them too.” That’s how it felt after he lost to The Ace, Hiroshi Tanahashi, when challenging for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship. But whatever Tanahashi did, “it worked.” White thought he would have it all, “but that kingdom still belongs” to Tanahashi.
However, there was one man who always saw the Switchblade’s potential. Even when Jay White was a young lion, Kenny Omega knew what he could be. White has the complete package, and could have it all, because he reminds Kenny Omega, of himself. The Cleaner offered a place in The Bullet Club to the Switchblade!
White accepted the shirt, and raised hands with Omega, only to attack him! “Kenny, did you forget?” He knows what Kenny is like, what The Bullet Club is like. Kenny himself admitted to feeling like an idiot after falling for that. White knows Kenny only wanted to keep White down with that recruitment, but Kenny doubts White can win against him after losing to Tanahashi.
To show he was serious, White joined Chaos. White knows going up against Bullet Club alone is too much, so he allied with the top faction to counter them. Kenny still believes this is too much too soon for the young White. White can’t handle the responsibility of being champion, he can’t handle Omega’s mission. But White says everything Omega is building is threatened by White. “Everything you’ve built will be The Switchblade’s.” Can the young star make a name for himself at the expense of The Cleaner?
IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega w/ Nick Jackson VS Jay White!
There’s no time to waste, here is the main event! Can the Switchblade become the second-ever IWGP United States Champion? Or will the inaugural IWGP US Champion extend his reign even further?
White gets eyes on the prize, and we begin. The fans cheer and rally already as Omega and White circle. They tie up, go around the ropes, and eventually Omega puts White in a corner. Omega honors the break, but with a bit of a mocking pat on the face. White runs out but into Omega’s kick and headlock. White rolls Omega off to put on a headlock, but Omega powers out. Omega jumps, expecting White to go under, but White has stopped short to slap Omega! Omega grins and laughs it off, but then slaps White right back. White goes to retaliate but Omega gets him first, and puts the headlock back on. White powers out, Omega speeds things up to boot White down.
Omega waits for White, then chops him when he stands up. White comes back, and gets another chop. White hits back with body shots and chops, backing Omega into a corner. More stomps and chops from White, then he brings Omega to another corner for a buckle bump. White keeps on Omega with forearms, but Omega reverses the corner to corner whip. Omega runs in but White puts him on the apron. White swings but Omega counters, then slingshots but into a forearm. Omega tumbles to the floor but lands on his feet. White builds speed while Omega climbs back up, to blast Omega to barriers with a dropkick!
White goes to the apron while Omega drags himself up, and White topples Omega down with a flying forearm. He takes his time bringing Omega back up, to rock him with a European Uppercut. White rams Omega’s back into the apron edge, then lights him up with a chop. White tells camera crews to move, and while fans rally, he whips Omega at barriers. Omega stops himself, then retaliates with a mule kick. He hops up but White brings him down, for a snap back suplex to the ground! White hurries Omega into the ring and covers, ONE! Omega gets out but White pursues, for another chop. White peels back the floor mats! He brings Omega to the exposed concrete, but Omega resists. White stomps him, clubs him, and scoops him up, to slam him on the concrete! Omega writhes in pain while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns, and White lets the 20-count climb on Omega. Omega gets up and beats the count, but White is already upon him again. White drags Omega up and puts him in a corner. Omega fights back with haymakers but White kicks low. White drags and whips Omega but Omega kicks him away. Omega runs but into a mule kick, White throws Omega down by his hair then dropkicks low. Cover, TWO, but White keeps his focus. He drags Omega over into an Indian Deathlock, and then clubs Omega’s back before bridging for the Muta Lock!
Omega jabs his fingers in White’s eyes to counter, and White is forced to let go. White still stands up and stalks Omega, to rock him with haymakers. He wrenches an arm and chops Omega, then brings him to a knee for more chops. Omega fights back with haymakers, then gives chops in return. White gives another EuroUpper that sits Omega down, then drags him up for a half-hatch suplex. White holds on and rolls over for a second half-hatch, then repeat the roll. He wants to suplex Omega into buckles but Omega powers him backwards into them. When White doesn’t let go, Omega goes again, and the impact breaks the hold. Omega whips White corner to corner, then runs in. White evades, and tries for that third, but Omega resists, countering with a big back body drop.
The fans applaud while both men get space. Omega takes aim from the corner, and starts rallying with double ax handles. He spins but White boots him. White whips, but Omega counters into the fireman’s carry, and hits the rolling senton! Omega keeps moving, for the second rope moonsault! TWO, but Omega keeps calm. The fans chant for Kenny as he gets up and brings White into the full nelson. White resists, so Omega gives him palm strike after palm strike to the back. Omega tries a powerbomb but White body drops him over. They both go at each other, Omega kicks, then things speed up, but White runs Omega over with a back elbow!
Fans rally again while Omega and White get to corners. White runs in, hits another EuroUpper, then saido suplex! Cover, TWO, but White keeps his cool. He goes back to Omega, and deadlifts him up. Omega elbows out, they standing switch for standing switch, and White elbows out. White gives an extra elbow, then runs, but into the huricanrana from Omega! Omega recovers while White ends up outside the ring. He goes into Terminator pose, then rises with the drums. He runs, builds speed, and FLIES!
Direct hit, and the fans fire up! Omega stands up and takes his time with the 20-count as he brings White up and in. He reenters, and gets running, for a leap-frog bulldog! Cover, TWO! Omega grits his teeth, but stands back up to hear the fans. He drags White up, and lifts with a cross-leg fisherman suplex, for the Ushigoroshi neckbreaker!
Omega doesn’t cover here, he “loads up”, and takes aim. He says, “BANG!”, but White dodges the V-Trigger to German Suplex! But Omega lands on his feet! He blocks each of White’s punches with kicks, but White hits with a chop. White runs, but into Omega’s chop. Omega runs, but into a Complete Shot! And then the deadlift German Suplex! White fires up, drags Omega into the fireman’s carry, and hits a Death Valley Driver! Cover, TWO! The fans applaud this great match while White shakes his head. He clobbers Omega on the mat, then drags him back up. White rocks Omega with another EuroUpper, then another chop. He gives another EuroUpper, then another chop. White gives more and more EuroUppers, then another chop. White runs, and hits another EuroUpper. He won’t stop, he runs again, but Omega leaps forward with a huge V-Trigger!
Both men are down but the fans are fired up. Omega fires himself up and fans rally for him. He follows White to the apron, kicking him, to then V-Trigger him off the apron!
Referee Red Shoes checks on White while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns to Omega opening the gate and asking fans to move aside. He returns to White, dragging him up and over, to powerbomb White onto the chairs!
Omega fires up while the fans cheer. He leaves White behind to the mercy of the 20-count. The count reaches its halfway point before White stirs. White hurries, and staggers back to the ring. He manages to beat the count at 18, maybe 19. Omega pats Red Shoes’ head, and walks over to White. He drags White up, full nelson, and hits the Snap Dragon Suplex. He keeps going, dragging White back up into another full nelson, for a second Snap Dragon! Omega drags White up one more time, puts on the full nelson again, but White resists the hat trick! Omega keeps trying, but White breaks the hold and elbows back. White is free, but Omega gets him with a spinning heel kick to the back of the head!
Omega slaps himself back into things, and takes aim from a corner. The Terminator drums start again, and Omega leaps in for a V-Trigger to the back. He drags White up to put him on his shoulders, but White is dead weight. Omega tries again, getting White up, but then White holds ropes. Omega lets him down, to hit that third Snap Dragon! White crawls to ropes, and Omega “reloads” for a second “BANG!” Omega runs but White flops down, denying Omega a target. Red Shoes checks on White, but Omega drags White up. Omega props White up on the rope, slaps him, “Bang!” and V-Trigger! White slumps down again, and Omega drags him up into a double underhook, for an Omega Driller! Cover, TWO!? Omega can’t believe it!
Omega takes off his elbow pads, he’s getting frustrated with the upstart White. He drags White back up, grinning as he gives a close-up knee. White sways back, eyes glazed over. Omega sits him up again, for another, stiffer knee! Now White laughs?! Omega decides to give him a THIRD knee! Cover, TWO!? Granted Omega’s cover was lax, White still gets his shoulder up by the slimmest of margins. Omega argues with Red Shoes over this, but the count was fair. In that case, Omega goes for the finish. He shovels White up, reaches up, but White slips down. White grabs Omega, but the back suplex is little more than just him pulling Omega backwards. Omega grins at how ineffective that was. He stands up and kicks White while he’s down. Omega stomps away, then drags White up, but then White suddenly hits an effective back suplex!
White finds new life as he stands up, and hits another back suplex! He crawls over to Omega, gritting his teeth as he goes after Omega again. Omega resists and elbows his way out of the hold. White goes for a half ‘n’ half hold, but Omega throws him off. Omega swings but White counters with a body shot. White fires off strikes, then hits the half-nelson suplex! He fires up again as the fans rally, and drags Omega up for a Fisherman Driver! TWO, but White is not deterred. He signals hang loose, then slashes his throat. White drags Omega up, prepares the Switchblade, but Omega fights out. Omega gives White another knee, and White staggers. Omega walks over, but into a Switchblade outta nowhere!
Cover, TWO!! White was so close, but this isn’t over yet. White stands up again, and drags Omega around. He goes for a proper Switchblade, but Omega breaks free for the full nelson. White breaks free of that, but Omega hits the Reverse-Rana! The fans rally while Omega fires himself up again. He aims, “BANG!”, and hits another running V-Trigger! Omega shovels White up, but White slips down again for another Switchblade!
White covers, White WINS!!
Winner: Jay White
We have a NEW IWGP United States Champion!! Somehow, some way, White proved Omega wrong.
However, Bullet Club member Hangman Adam Page walks out.
Hangman steps in the ring, and takes the belt from White! The Problem Solver stares down Switchblade, perhaps already setting up a future match. However, Omega walks back in and takes the belt from Page. He moves Page aside to give the belt to the champion. White leaves while the Bullet Club starts arguing. The American Nightmare, Cody, appears and enters the argument. Cody says “this isn’t about you,” Omega. This is Hangman’s time, Hangman is Cody’s “best friend”, so don’t take his moment. Omega starts shoving both Cody and Hangman, and now The Villain, Marty Scurll appears to try and calm everyone down.
Omega won’t calm down, he and Cody argue directly. Matt Jackson joins his brother Nick as they’re behind Omega. When Matt puts his hands on Omega, Omega shoves Matt down! Omega realizes what he did in his anger, and tries to apologize. The Young Bucks don’t hear him out, they take their leave. Omega tries to apologize all the way as they walk around the ring, but they still ignore him. Scurll says Omega, Page and Cody need to sort this out themselves. Page accepts an apology handshake from Omega, then leaves it to just Cody and Omega. The two seem to talk it over, and go to leave, but Cody pounces on Omega! He drags Omega out for a Cross Rhodes!!
Cody grins and laughs after dropping his Bullet Club leader. Scurll and Page return, Scurll asks what’s going on. Cody kicks Omega while he’s down, and his only explanation is that Omega took Page’s moment. Cody tells Page and Scurll to bring Omega up, then Cody takes Kevin Kelly’s chair. Page holds Omega, Scurll tries to diffuse the situation, but Kota Ibushi appears!
Cody, Page and Scurll run away from the fired up Golden Star! Ibushi defends his old friend from the mutinous Cody and company. He waits until Cody, Page and Scurll are all out of sight, then turns to Omega. Ibushi walks over, and offers Omega a hand. The fans are cheering this reunion, but Omega isn’t so sure. He drags himself up, Ibushi still offering that hand. Omega thinks about it long and hard, and Ibushi starts to doubt this himself. But then Ibushi turns Omega around, and they hug!
The Golden Lovers are reunited! Omega needed a friend, and his friend came running. Will their bond be even stronger than before? And what does this mean in relation to The Bullet Club’s hierarchy?
NJPW Media waits backstage, but Omega & Ibushi blow past them.
While everyone was hoping to get comments and reactions from the defeated and betrayed Cleaner, he and Ibushi are not going to give them that at this time.
Meanwhile, the rest of the Bullet Club regroups.
Scurll again demands to know “What the hell was that?!” Cody instead asks Matt if he’s okay. Cody can’t understand the situation. The Young Bucks and Omega have known each other for 10 YEARS, yet that happens. This is not Cody’s place, but nobody should be second to anybody in the Bullet Club. Cody appreciates the NJPW Media sticking around, but the Bullet Club’s issues are top priority. They go to take care of each other, because “The Bullet Club is fine.” Cody helps Nick escort Matt out, but Scurll and Page are still left in confusion. How long will the Bullet Club be “fine”?
Jay White holds his press conference.
“I must be a prophet of some sort.” White beat Omega, and caused true Chaos in the ring as he left. He said it himself, that once he beat Kenny, The Bullet Club would turn on each other out of fear. Though, it happened even faster than White thought. It feels good to be the second-ever IWGP United States Champion, but if Page wants at him, White promises to rip Page apart. White has worked so long, so hard, and finally beat “the best wrestler alive” in Omega. Page stepped on White’s moment, so White promises that “everyone will breathe with the Switchblade.” Will Page be cut down when he steps to White? Or will Page surprise White the way White surprised Omega?
Finally, finally I get to see the moment that rocked the wrestling world. Omega and White have a top tier match, no matter what promotion you’re talking about. White always impressed in ROH so seeing him win his first championship in NJPW and over a truly incredible talent, that’s big. Of course, a lot of it is to spark the major Bullet Club story, but it is still great that he was the one given the honor of fulfilling this role. White is the perfect young star to take that young title places. As for the civil war brewing in Bullet Club, seeing this for myself did not disappoint. That was the most dramatic Cross Rhodes Cody has ever hit, both for the moment and the actual execution of the move. Omega really sold it, emphasizing how much of a betrayal this was.
Knowing what comes next from watching ROH and Being the Elite, we all know the Bullet Club will not be fine, and the story is far from over. Whatever this story is leading to, it is going to do wonders for NJPW, ROH, the Bullet Club (unless the ending is them breaking up), and the pro-wrestling fandom around the world.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (5/11/21)
To be the best, you gotta BEAT the best!
NXT puts gold back on the line!
Mercedes Martinez challenges Raquel Gonzalez, Santos Escobar must go 2 outta 3 with Kushida, and the NXT Champion looks to END Austin Theory!
- Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux VS Austin Theory w/ Johnny Gargano; Kross wins.
- MSK VS Breezango; MSK wins.
- Alexander Wolfe w/ Imperium VS Killian Dain w/ Drake Maverick; canceled.
- Pete Dunne w/ Oney Lorcan VS Leon Ruff; Dunne wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship: Raquel Gonzalez w/ Dakota Kai VS Mercedes Martinez; Gonzalez wins and retains the title.
- Kyle O’Reilly VS Oney Lorcan w/ Pete Dunne; O’Reilly wins.
- NXT Cruiserweight Championship, Best 2 Out of 3 Falls: KUSHIDA VS Santos Escobar w/ El Legado del Fantasma; Kushida wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux VS Austin Theory w/ Johnny Gargano!
In the words of the NXT Champion, “Tick tock, time’s up!” Will it be Doomsday all day for The Way? Or can Johnny Wrestling help his boy get one over on Kross?
Johnny and Theory are both stunned seeing Kross’ entrance, but Johnny snaps Theory out of it and coaches him up. Fans chant “TICK TOCK!” as Theory sheepishly gets in the ring with Kross. The bell rings and Theory circles with Kross, but ends up in a corner. Theory dodges, fires off forearms, then knees. Kross shoves Theory away, Theory dodges to dropkick! Kross stays up! And gets mad… Kross choke grips, puts Theory in a corner and BOOTS him down! Theory sits up in a daze and Kross grins at Gargano. Kross drags Theory up, puts him in another corner and TOSSES him across the way!
Gargano and Kross stare down, but Kross runs corner to corner, only for Theory to dodge! Kross avoids hitting buckles, wags his finger, and Theory lariats, but bounces off! Kross LARIATS and down goes Theory! Scarlett smiles as she watches Kross stalk Theory. Kross looms over Theory, fans rally as he wrenches and keylocks Theory and puts him in another corner for a HEAVY body shot! Kross wrenches, keylocks and ROCKS Theory again! Theory falls to his knees, Kross BOOTS him to the mat! Kross has Theory on ropes, chokes him, but lets off at the ref’s count of 4. Kross grins and dares Theory to reach for Gargano, only to STOMP his fingers!
Kross laughs as he looms over Theory again. Kross gets Theory up, knees him low and hard, then bumps him off buckles. Kross runs in but Theory knees him back! Theory runs, into an EXPLODER! Fans fire up as Kross says this is the end! Kross gets Theory up, brings him in, DOOMS- NO! Theory rakes eyes while Gargano distracts the ref! Scarlett protests but Kross bails out. Gargano tells Theory to take advantage of the bad eyes! Theory gets around all the big strikes, and he RAMS Kross into Plexiglas! And then DDT’s him hard to the floor! Fans boo, Theory leaves Kross behind, but Kross gets in at 9.9!
Kross then slides out, Theory goes out after him, Kross scoops and aims, but Theory slips off to POST Kross first! Gargano is even surprised as Theory puts Kross in! BUZZSAW! Theory rains down fists, stomps away on arms and shoulders, then rains down forearms! Scarlett coaches Kross, fans rally up, and Kross knees Theory low and hard! Theory ends up on the apron, Kross storms over but into a hotshot! Theory slingshot somersaults for a SHOTGUN dropkick! Cover, ONE?! Kross shocks The Way but Gargano coaches Theory to keep focus. Theory stalks Kross, runs in and clotheslines in a corner! Then scoops for a FALL AWAY SLAM!
Theory gives a thumbs up to Gargano, but Kross is back up! DOOMSDAY SAIDO!! And then another DOOMSDAY SAIDO!! Kross is winding the hands of time, “TIME’S UP!!” APOCALYPSE ELBOW!! Kross doesn’t cover, either, he rains down forearms of fury on Theory’s head! Kross stares Gargano down as he puts on the KROSSJACKET!! Theory is OUT, Kross wins!!
Winner: Karrion Kross, by submission
This could’ve been called by knockout after what Kross did to Theory! Kross promised to hit harder than life itself, and he may just have! Will Kross do this to everyone on his path? But wait! Finn Balor appears! Fans are going nuts as Prince and Doomsday stare down! Finn says he doesn’t wait in line. He wants his rematch! Kross wants another round, too, so challenge accepted! When and where will these two forces of NXT collide again?
Next week will be COLOSSAL because Bronson Reed is getting his shot! Will Reed crush Johnny Gargano and take the NXT North American Championship away from him?
NXT shares an exclusive from earlier today.
William Regal was talking about tonight’s big title matches, but Leon Ruff walked in. He apologizes for interrupting and says he wants to compete. Regal, however, says that would not be wise after how he was beat up last week. Ruff knew Regal would say that, he checked with the medical team and they said he was cleared. Regal knows that, they report to him. But that doesn’t matter, he won’t allow it. Ruff says that’ snot good enough and he throws things off Regal’s desk! “What do I gotta do?!” Regal says Ruff is NOT competing tonight, and tells him to leave. Ruff storms off, but what will Ruff do to get even with Isaiah “Swerve” Scott?
MSK VS Breezango!
Wes Lee & Nash Carter have made an impact as NXT Tag Team Champions, but they have to be careful with the fashionable and formidable Prince Pretty and Lord of the Dance! Will these #MustSeeKids continue to prove their worth?
The teams sort out and Lee starts with Breeze. They circle, fans rally and the two tie up. They go around, Breeze arm-drags and then backs away to lounge on the top rope. Fandango “makes it rain” on Breeze, Lee rushes in but Breeze waistlocks to a snapmare, only for Lee to return with a shoulder tackle! Things speed up, Breeze hurdles, Lee FLIPS, and fans admit that was good. Lee does a shimmy, then hurdles Breeze, but Breeze whips Lee. Lee stops to suplex but Breeze fights that off. Breeze suplexes, Lee lands to waistlock, but Breeze bucks him away! SUPERKICKS collide, and the two shake out their legs. Breeze seems a bit stunned Lee is this quick, but both he and Lee tag out.
Carter and Dango circle, tie up, and Dango wrenches to a wristlock. Carter rolls, handsprings and flips to arm-drag Dango away. Carter wrenches an arm now, whips Dango to a corner, but Dango goes up and over to arm-drag back! Dango swivels hips, things speed up again, Carter dropkicks Dango down! Carter shows off his own hip swivels, Dango kicks low! Dango headlocks, Breeze tags in as Carter powers out. Carter and Breeze drop, and drop, and then drop, Dango eventually runs into Breeze! Breeze headlocks Carter, Carter powers out, and somehow the ref ends up part of this! The ref hurdles, Carter dropkicks Breeze out of the ring! Fans are rallying for the ref!
Breeze and Carter reset, the ref remembers he’s a ref, but fans still say “That was Awesome!” as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Fandango has Lee in a headlock. Lee fights up, Fandango knees low then whips him to a corner. Lee manages to dodge to then ENZIGURI Fandango! Lee snapmares Dango, handsprings back but Dango gets under and JAPANESE ARM-DRAGS Lee into buckles! Fandango gets Lee up, FALCON ARROW! Cover, Carter breaks it! Dango is upset, but he drags Lee up and over to tag Breeze. Breeze has the legs, he and Dango coordinate, but Lee disrupts the Fashion Faux Pas with a shoulder tackle! Lee stomps Breeze then stumbles away to tag in Carter! MSK rallies on Breeze with kick after kick, BUZZSAW to DOUBLE STOMPS! And then, the PUSH-SAULT! Cover, Dango barrels in to break it!
All four men are down, the fans are fired up, and all four rise as the fans rally up. Lee and Breeze are on one side, Dango and Carter on the other. Lee and Breeze punch first, but Dango and Carter respond. They go back and forth, Lee and Breeze, Dango and Carter. The brawl moves to everyone’s feet, Lee ENZIGURIS but Breeze SUPER MODEL KICKS! Breeze dodges Carter to SUPER MODEL KICK! MSK is down, Breeze hurries to tag in Dango! Dango climbs and Carter is in a drop zone! Carter gets up fast, though, and SHORYUKENS! Carter climbs to join Dango, but Dango resists the superplex! Dango throws body shots, knocks Carter away, but Carter returns with a JUMPING KNEE!
Carter sees Breezango outside, goes to the corner, SUPER MOONSAULT takes them both down! Fans are thunderous as Carter puts Dango in and tags Lee! MSK coordinates, assisted SHOTGUN dropkick! Breeze tags in as Dango is in the corner, and he gets Lee’s arms! Lee resists the turn, Carter SUPERKICKS! MSK combines, BLOCKBUSTER SPINEBUSTER! Cover, MSK wins!
Winners: MSK, by pinfall
That energy and innovation is why MSK are NXT Tag Team Champions! Breezango show respect to the young champions, but MSK tells Legado that the champs aren’t hard to fine! If they want the titles, come get them! MSK all night and all day!
Alexander Wolfe is showing signs of the stomach flu, so he won’t be competing against Killian Dain tonight! Will Imperium’s Hatchet Man have to try again next week when it comes to settling things with the Belfast Beast?
Johnny Gargano angrily leads NXT Media to William Regal’s office.
Gargano shouts “This sucks!” as he heads for the door. Regal says this is actually rather nice. He doesn’t have a meeting and the door was open this time. Gargano asks if he heard right about next week’s title match. He did hear right! Well that’s real nice, isn’t it? First, Regal feeds Theory to the wolves, then he hates Gargano enough to put him in a match! Regal doesn’t hate Gargano, he respects Gargano’s ability. Then treat him like it! Treat him like the North American Champion! That’s what Regal’s doing! So Gargano’s still facing Reed next week! Good luck.
Gargano grabs for the brass knuckles and Regal tells him not to dare touch that. Gargano takes Regal’s pencil and breaks it! Will Gargano’s anger only cost him when he takes on another huge challenge?
BIG news for the next TakeOver!
As first broken by Barstool Sports’ Rasslin’ podcast with Brandon Walker, NXT is back In Your House! June 13, 2021, NXT brings back the retro tradition to make a new tradition of their own! And Todd Pettengill will be back, too!
Ever-Rise has an impromptu episode of Ever-Rise Live.
Well not really, they’re just behind commentary.
Pete Dunne is in the ring.
“So Karrion Kross has chosen Finn Balor? And y’know what? I don’t blame him. Because we both know I’m the toughest match-up there is. So Karrion, keep ducking me, mate. Cuz sooner or later, that title is mine! Cuz I’m the baddest man in NXT! And see if anyone in the back thinks otherwise, here’s your chance! Try and prove me wrong!” Dunne is issuing an open challenge! But who takes it? LEON RUFF, and from outta nowhere! Ruff fires off hands, Dunne shoves him away, but Ruff comes back with a dropkick! Dunne bails out, Ruff dares him to come back, and it seems Regal’s orders had a loophole! Will this be another rough night for Ruff? Or will he show the Bruiserweight what tough is all about?
Pete Dunne w/ Oney Lorcan VS Leon Ruff!
The bell rings and Ruff fires off on Dunne again! Dunne SPINEBUSTERS Ruff and rains down fists from all sides for that! Dunne goes for an arm, Ruff throws him away and KICKS from the mat! Ruff runs corner to corner but Dunne puts him on the apron. Ruff ROCKS Dunne, goes up and around and under, but Dunne gets the arm to roll Ruff for body scissors. Dunne clamps onto Ruff’s arm, bends the fingers back as far as he can, and Ruff shouts in pain as Dunne tortures the digits! Dunne locks the arm, hammers Ruff in the head, then shifts to twist the wrist. Ruff gets up, fans fire up and Ruff CHOPS! Ruff goes up the corner, on the ropes and SPRINGBOARD RANAS!
Dunne staggers up, but sends Ruff into ropes to then CLOBBER him! Ruff gasps for air, Dunne kicks him in the side then goes after the arm again. Dunne bends the fingers way back, and STOMPS the shoulder! Dunne kicks at Ruff, Ruff crawls to ropes, but Dunne wraps the arm around ropes to bend him back! Dunne chinbars to CHOP Ruff down! The ref reprimands but Dunne drags Ruff up again to SLAP! Ruff CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Dunne shoves Ruff, Ruff dodges to ENZIGURI! Dunne falls into a BACKBREAKER, Ruff pops Dunne up for another ENIGURI! Ruff goes up to hit a missile dropkick! But Dunne ENZIGURIS on return!
Dunne gets Ruff up, whips, but Ruff rebounds to LARIAT! Ruff keeps moving, leaps, but Dunne DECKS him! Dunn has a TRIANGLE HOLD and throws elbows in over and over! Ruff is OUT, the ref calls it!
Winner: Pete Dunne, by referee stoppage
Ruff is tough, but the Bruiserweight is just that brutal. Will Dunne show no mercy until he’s got the title match he wants? Speaking of no mercy, Dunne grabs Ruff’s hand and SNAPS the fingers!! Will Ruff regret going around Regal’s orders?
El Legado del Fantasma speaks.
Raul Mendoza says tonight, we’ll see who the real NXT Cruiserweight Champion is, and that is Santos Escobar. Joaquin Wilde says that while Kushida is champion right now, Escobar brings it home. Escobar himself says that the only reason Kushida is still champion is because Escobar has let him. It stops tonight! Escobar vows that after tonight, he will be Leader of Leaders, Emperor of Lucha Libre, sange y tradicion, and TWO-TIME NXT Cruiserweight Champion! Will the Phantom be able to back up all these words when he must defeat Kushida not once but twice in the same match?
Ladies and gentlemen, you’re cordially invited…
…to the greatest moment of your lives! The in-ring premiere, live on NXT in two weeks, Franky Money! Will Monet live up to the hype when she finally laces up her boots?
MORE BREAKING NEWS!
It has been made official! Two weeks from tonight, Kross VS Balor the epic rematch happens live on NXT! The NXT Championship will be back on the line, but will the Prince take back his throne?
NXT Women’s Championship: Raquel Gonzalez w/ Dakota Kai VS Mercedes Martinez!
Big Mami Cool knew Cobra Kai wasn’t going to cut it against Mean Ms. Martinez, so she took matters into her own hands. Raquel respects that Mercedes paved the way, but she won’t show any restraint against her in the ring! Will Mercedes return the favor when she takes away the title?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Ricky Desperado’s first defense puts her to the test!
Mercedes goes right after Raquel with heavy hands! And she clotheslines Raquel up and out of the ring! Mercedes goes to the apron and CANNONBALLS! Raquel goes down, and Mercedes scares Dakota off! Mercedes runs and KNEES Raquel into Plexiglas! The ring count climbs, Mercedes refreshes it, and goes out to fire off on Raquel again! Mercedes puts Raquel in as NXT goes picture in picture.
Raquel hits back and CLUBS Mercedes, then bumps her off buckles! Raquel stomps Mercedes, drags her back up and whips her corner to corner hard! Mercedes hits the mat, Raquel looms over her, and then drags her into a chicken wing and chinbar. Mercedes endures being stretched, fights up to her feet, but Raquel throws her down by her hair! Raquel stalks Mercedes, chokes her on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Raquel brings Mercedes around but Mercedes fires off again! Mercedes ROCKS Raquel with an uppercut then bumps her off buckles! Mercedes stomps a mudhole, digs her boots in, but lets off as the ref counts.
Mercedes gets Raquel up to ROCK with another uppercut, then whips her to ropes. Raquel dodges to DECK Mercedes with one right! Raquel scoops and walks around with Mercedes before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Raquel grows frustrated but she stands over Mercedes. Raquel gives Mercedes toying kicks before she SNAP SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Raquel is right on Mercedes with a keylock and chinbar! Mercedes endures, fights and gets a ropebreak with a foot. Raquel throws Mercedes down then covers, TWO! Mercedes gets back to the ropes, Raquel storms over but Mercedes throws body shots. Raquel CLUBS Mercedes down and throws elbows. Cover, TWO!
Raquel argues with the ref as Mercedes gets to ropes. Raquel throws haymakers, lets off as the ref counts, and Mercedes hits back! Mercedes CHOPS and CHOPS and forearms and CHOPS as NXT returns to single picture! Mercedes whips, Raquel reverses and LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Raquel is frustrated again, and she drags Mercedes up by her hair. Raquel whips Mercedes to a corner, runs in to SPLASH, then brings Mercedes out to scoop and SLAM again! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Mercedes survives, but Raquel drags her into a chinlock. Mercedes endures and throws punches from below! Mercedes gets free, CLUBS Raquel, then fires off more strikes!
Raquel shoves Mercedes, but Mercedes comes back to go after legs! Mercedes gets Raquel down, fires off hands but Raquel throws her out of the ring! Mercedes returns and clamps on a SLEEPER! Raquel flails and scrambles around, and RAMS Mercedes into buckles! Mercedes holds on, Raquel RAMS her in again! Mercedes is holding on tight, but Raquel powers her through to a lawn dart, only for Mercedes to send her into ropes! Mercedes ROCKS Raquel, runs in but misses in the corner! Mercedes dodges the boot to ROCK Raquel again! Mercedes gets Raquel onto the top rope for a DRAPING SWINGING NECKBREAKER!! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are fired up as Mercedes and Raquel are down! Raquel gets to an apron, Mercedes joins her and runs in to SPEAR her onto the apron! Fans are thunderous and Dakota panics as both women flop to the floor! Mercedes hurries to get Raquel up and in at 7 of 10! Cover, TWO!! Raquel kicks from the mat but so does Mercedes! They kick more, Mercedes gets up to stomp and ROCK Raquel, throwing heavy hand after heavy hand! Mercedes runs, but rolls into an ALLEY-OOP into ropes! Mercedes flops out of the ring but Raquel snarls as she crawls after her. Raquel won’t leave it to the count as she drags Mercedes up and RAMS her into barriers!
Raquel brings Mercedes up to lawn dart into the post! Raquel goes in, drags Mercedes to a cover, TWO!! Mercedes is still in this and Raquel is starting to lose her cool. Dakota coaches Raquel, fans rally and duel, and Raquel drags Mercedes up. Mercedes jawbreakers back! Mercedes kicks a leg, throws haymakers, then runs, but Raquel shields herself from the body check. Mercedes stomps Raquel more, throws EuroUppers, then runs, but Raquel LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Raquel hurries to get Mercedes up for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Raquel is angry, she gets Mercedes up, but Mercedes fights the bomb off to roll up! TWO, and Mercedes KNEES Raquel down!
Mercedes drags Raquel up, fisherman to the BUSTER! Cover, TWO!?! Raquel survives and Mercedes can’t believe it! Mercedes hurries to get Raquel up by her wrists, fires off KNEE after KNEE into her head, but Raquel dodges the third to BOOT! Raquel hurries to drag Mercedes back up, hooks the leg, DESPERADO BOMB!! Cover, Raquel wins!
Winner: Raquel Gonzalez, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Champion)
Mercedes put up one hell of a fight, but in the end, it was not enough! Will Raquel continue to knock down those that line up to face her?
Isaiah “Swerve” Scott and crew arrive.
They don’t let the cameramen get in their way and even shove one down! #TopDolla AJ Francis tells him to get up, he wasn’t even pushed that hard. What will Swerve, AJF, Ashante “Thee” Adonis and Briana Brandy have to say to NXT after the break?
NXT returns and Gargano is getting kicked out from somewhere?
Gargano promises to see Reed next week, and we find that he just finished attacking Reed in his locker room! Reed gets up and says, “Johnny’s a dead man!” But Reed is in no shape to do anything about it tonight, will he have 7 days to grow meaner and madder?
Isaiah “Swerve” Scott stands on stage.
He has a mic to say, “It’s about to get real spooky here in NXT.” With that, the “Hit Row” make their first official entrance! Brandy, Adonis and #TopDolla stand with Swerve, strike a pose, and then swagger down to the ring. They get Swerve a chair so he can sit, and he admits he made mistakes in NXT. But the biggest mistake was that he was trying to be something that the fans all thought he was. That’s not Swerve! “Whose house? Swerve’s house?” “Swerve is confidence?” That’s not him! But what is Swerve? “Swerve is a savage. Swerve is disrespectful. Swerve is a very dangerous man.” And that’s how he’s been the last six months.
So it only felt right to recruit those who felt just like him! Staring with Top Dolla! Why he Top Dolla? Because from the NFL to A&E to XXL Magazine to NXT on USA, he makes top dolla everyday! He’s nefarious, scariest, make you digest each line like lariats! Anyone want a beef? He gonna bury ya! You don’t know what’ sat stake, you become vegetarian! Quick question? Who hotta than Top Dolla? Not nada! Adonis has three rules. First, details are crucial. Second, don’t try him, proceed with caution. And third, check your energy when you come around them or you gonna get WORLDSTAR’D! Whoa, alright, relax, no one else is out here.
Brandy says you just have to look at her and you’ll understand she’s fab. They see it! Brandy IS fab. But unlucky for everyone else, she’s also legit. She’s been on tour with Juicy J, been overseas and coulda stayed, but Swerve said he needed a mind, so she didn’t mind. She’s the dime who makes the deals, like last week with Leon Ruff. Who? That boy’s a done deal. They put money on Ruff’s head so Dolla dropped him! Swerve says this is fun and all, but look at what’s in the ring right now! “This here is a problem! Together, we produce hits! We are Hit Row! And if you didn’t know, now you know!” Will these four hit the top of the charts and get gold as easy as breathing?
Cameron Grimes went to a local auction today.
The auction was for a beautiful lakefront home with 8 bed, 6 baths, a full Jacuzzi and a deck overlooking the lake. The bidding starts at two MILLION dollars! But Cameron Grimes said, “Hold the phone!” He asks Mr. Alan if it’s for two, then put him down. Yes, sir, please have a seat first. Grimes says no problem. Two million? Two fifty? Three? Grimes can’t keep up, why’s he talking so fast? The numbers climb, Grimes says everyone should just stop now as he goes for four million. Five million! Five and a half! Grimes is getting annoyed. Who is that? Six million! Seven! Eight MILLION! Grimes is confident, but then someone says TWENTY MILLION!?!? Grimes can’t handle that!
Who spends 20 million on a house?! The winner is TED DEBIASE!! Grimes loses his mind again and says Ted is ruining his life! Grimes dares him to bring it on! DeBiase says it again, everyone has a price for the Million Dollar Man. And Grimes is no Million Dollar Man. Grimes shouts, “WHYYYY~!?” But when and where, if at all, will Grimes finally get even with the living legend?
Zoey Stark speaks.
“I was a big fan of Toni Storm before I got here. She is exactly what she says she is: a global superstar.” The problem is, Toni stopped performing and started talking. Toni said Stark was pissing her off as a “flavor of the month” that was losing her taste. Toni does not like Stark, but not because Stark beat her, but because she outworks her. Stark practically lives in the gym, moves around in the weight room, puts in the hard work to be a success, and then beat Storm. We get a rematch next week, and it won’t be an upset but a legit victory because Storm is going to face a wrestling machine! Will Stark ride the lightning and end #ToniTime before it begins again?
Kyle O’Reilly VS Oney Lorcan w/ Pete Dunne!
While #CoolKyle wants another go at the NXT Championship, but the Boston Brawler says he just can’t get it done! Kyle knows Lorcan is itching for a fight so he’s giving him a fight on live television! Will Kyle use Lorcan as a launching pad back into the top title scene?
The bell rings, Kyle and Lorcan circle, and they tie up. They end up on the ropes, the ref counts and the two reset. Kyle and Lorcan tie up again, Lorcan gets an arm but Kyle gets them to the ropes again. The ref counts, the two back off, and then go again. Lorcan powers Kyle onto ropes, lets off, but swings a chop! Kyle dodges, kicks but Lorcan blocks! Lorcan gets a facelock, floats all around, gets the arm, and drags Kyle down to a headscissor. Kyle moves around, rolls Lorcan over to get the legs then float to a headlock. Kyle shifts his grip to then get an arm. Lorcan fights free, fights up, and puts Kyle in a corner. The ref counts, Lorcan swings but Kyle ducks to hit back! And again!
Kyle headlocks, grinds Lorcan, but Lorcan powers out, only for Kyle to run him over! Things speed up, Lorcan BLASTS Kyle down with that back elbow! Lorcan bumps Kyle off buckles, whips him corner to corner hard, and Kyle hits the mat! Lorcan looms over Kyle, taunts him, and has him at the ropes to shove and CLUBS him in the back! Kyle flops to the apron, Lorcan goes after him through the ropes, but Kyle gets a HANGING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Kyle lets off, and Dunne is right there. Kyle stares Dunne down but Lorcan CLBOBERS him from behind! Fans boo and Kyle writhes as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Lorcan knocks Kyle down with a straddle attack! Lorcan rains down rights, but lets Kyle get up so he can CHOP him to a corner! Lorcan talks trash right in Kyle’s face before he CHOPS him! Kyle hits back, Lorcan CHOPS again, repeat! Kyle manages to stay up, KICKS back, but Lorcan blocks a kick to elbow the knee! Lorcan runs in to back elbow Kyle in a corner. Lorcan goes corner to corner but into a kitchen sink knee! Kyle gets Lorcan up, clinches and fires off knees, then SLAPS and knees and KICKS! Kyle sweeps the legs, fans fire up! Lorcan goes to a corner, Kyle runs in, and hits a BIG forearm smash! Kyle wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER and BIG back suplex!
Kyle gets a HEEL HOOK! Lorcan goes for his own but rolls to a ropebreak! The ref counts, Kyle lets off fast and KICKS Lorcan’s leg! Lorcan CHOPS back, Kyle KICKS, repeat! Kyle knees low, reels Lorcan in for a facelock but Lorcan fights off the guillotine, only to get a KNEE to the chest! Kyle gets Lorcan up, BRAINBUSTER! Kyle goes to a corner, climbs up top, KING KONG KNEE DROP!! Cover, Kyle wins!
Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by pinfall
Dunne fires off on Kyle! Kyle hits back but Lorcan returns! Lorcan get Kyle down so Dunne can STOMP Kyle’s head! The 2v1 mugging continues, but BOBBY FISH returns! He fires off KICKS on Dunne and Lorcan! Fish DECKS Lorcan, SPLASHES Dunne, but Lorcan comes back. Fish elbows Lorcan away, BOOTS Dunne out, and Kyle KICKS Lorcan down! Fans are fired up as reDRagon has reunited! Well, not quite. Kyle says he is doing his own thing, and Fish respects that, because he has his own scores to settle with Dunne and Lorcan. Will these two finish what the Bruiserweight and Boston Brawler started, but not together?
“In a world…”
“…filled with evil and uncertainty, two women overcame every obstacle and found a way to achieve their destiny.” The NEW NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions are Indi Hartwell and Candice LeRae, of The Way! Cheesy superhero movie stuff aside, will Indi & Candice lead the way into the future?
Bronson Reed speaks.
“JOHNNY, GARGANO! I am sick to death of you! I am sick to death of Austin Theory, and I am sick to death of The Way!” Reed talked with William Regal, and he has given Reed what he wants! The North American Championship match is now inside a STEEL CAGE!! Will this already colossal match going full metal be the way Gargano’s reign ends?
NXT Cruiserweight Championship, Best 2 Out of 3 Falls: KUSHIDA VS Santos Escobar w/ El Legado del Fantasma!
The Time Splitter dethroned the undisputed Cruiserweight Champion right after TakeOver: Stand & Deliver because of the arrogance of Escobar’s open challenge. But now, Escobar has returned to take this title away! This will settle things so that there are no excuses! Will the Emperor of Lucha be better than the Super Junior twice to solidify his legacy?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and perhaps the most important match in this division’s history main events NXT!
Escobar kicks and clubs Kushida right away! Then he throws Kushida out! The ref keeps him in the ring but Legado makes a move! Kushida is ready and he hits them first! Then MSK FLIES in from the barriers! Lee & Carter aren’t going to let Wilde & Mendoza ruin this, and also get in some shots before their own inevitable title match! Lee ROUNDHOUSES, Carter KNEES, and the ref has to tell them all they’re EJECTED from ringside! Good enough for MSK! Escobar is pissed, but he doesn’t see Kushida climbing! He turns around, Kushida SUPER SWANTONS! Direct hit and the CWC is thunderous as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Kushida runs but into a dropkick! Escobar catches his breath, drags Kushida from ropes, and has a Half Crab that he gets a side angle on so he can fishhook Kushida’s face! The ref reprimands, Escobar drags Kushida up and puts him in a corner. Escobar CHOPS Kushida down, hoists him up top, and then CHOPS him again! Escobar climbs up to fireman’s carry, for a TOP ROPE GUTBUSTER! Kushida flops to the steel steps below, Escobar goes out after him to throwback to their previous match! Boston Crab into the post! The ref counts, Escobar lets off because he can’t waste a fall, and he goes into the ring. Kushida KICKS, Escobar fires off forearms!
Escobar whips, drop toeholds, then gets the legs to hook them up. Escobar clubs Kushida, gets his arms, and brings Kushida into the ROMERO SPECIAL! Kushida endures the floating surfboard, Escobar throws him down and then reels him into a deep camel clutch! Kushida still endures, Escobar shifts to shoot the half on a cover, TWO! Kushida gets to a corner but Escobar kicks him down! Escobar stands Kushida up, fires forearms, but Kushida fires them back! Escobar BOOTS Kushida, KICKS him, then stalks him back to a corner. Escobar digs his knees in and chokes Kushida on ropes, but the ref counts. Escobar lets off, to then pull Kushida back against ropes!
The ref counts, Escobar lets off, he stomps Kushida and kicks him around. Escobar drags Kushida up, throws more forearms, then runs corner to corner to DOUBLE KNEE Kushida down! Fans rally and duel while Escobar talks trash to Kushida. Escobar gives more kicks, more haymakers, and more CHOPS! Kushida staggers, Escobar puts him back in the corner and ROCKS him! Escobar puts Kushida up top, climbs up to join him, but Kushida shoves him away! Escobar comes back to bring Kushida down for more haymakers! Escobar climbs up so he can rain down punches and he gets 10! The fans duel, Escobar soaks up the heat, and he puts Kushida up top to CHOP!
Escobar climbs again, and SUPER STEINERS, but into a sunset flip! TWO!! Kushida is after an arm, Escobar whips him away, but Kushida handsprings and back elbows! Kushida whips to hip toss, cartwheel and dropkick Escobar down! Kushida fires up but Escobar KNEES him first! Fireman’s carry and PHANTOM DRIVER!! Cover, Escobar scores a fall!
Escobar: 1; Kushida: 0
The Emperor has the first point and is now in control! Fans rally up and Escobar runs in, DOUBLE KNEES to Kushida! Escobar runs, but Kushida jumps to get a body scissors! Kushida drags Escobar down, gets the arm and has the ARMBAR!! Escobar knows he’s stuck, so he TAPS!
Escobar: 1; Kushida: 1
In the blink of an eye, we’re back to square one! It all comes down to this, who will be NXT Cruiserweight Champion?! Both men recover as NXT goes picture in picture!
Escobar shakes out the bad arm while Kushida is in a corner. A ring count could still settle this but Escobar gets in. Kushida runs corner to corner to dropkick Escobar down! Kushida stomps and stomps and then rains down fists! Kushida lets off to get Escobar up and wrench the arm. ARMBAR BULLDOG! Kushida stands over Escobar, stands on the arm and hammerlocks it to CRANK it!! Escobar writhes and clutches the elbow but Kushida is after him again. Kushida KICKS the shoulder, Escobar reaches for ropes but Kushida drags him away. Kushida wrenches to another ELBOW BREAKER!
Escobar staggers to a corner, Kushida drags him down and locks the bad arm to then get the good arm and step over. Kushida has the double omoplata and SNAP LOCKS ’em! Escobar writhes, Kushida KICKS him in the leg and the side over and over! Escobar rolls to an apron, Kushida is after him, but Escobar kicks him away. Kushida comes back to KICK the bad arm! Kushida gets the arm, pushes down for a cover, TWO, into a KIMURA! Escobar fights up, Kushida CLUBS the arm and YANKS it! Kushida wants the double wristlock again but Escobar gets up. They go around and around, Kushida stays clamped on and NXT returns to single picture.
They go around and around and Escobar throws Kushida out! Escobar goes out after Kushida but Kushida is right after the arm! Escobar RAMS Kushida into barriers! Escobar hurries inside, Kushida gets him through the ropes! Escobar ROCKS Kushida, but Kushida has the KIMURA again! Escobar HOTSHOTS Kushida down! Escobar builds speed to DIVE!! Direct hit at the ramp with that Arrow from Hell! Escobar puts Kushida in, covers, TWO!! Kushida is still in this but Escobar covers again, TWO! Escobar underhooks the arms, Kushida fights the driver, and he breaks free to wrench and run! Escobar scoops, tilt-o-whirl but Kushida makes it a DDT!!
Both men are down and the CWC is thunderous! Kushida goes to a corner, Escobar slowly gets up. Kushida climbs a corner to AX HANDLE the bad arm! Kushida hits the FAST BALL and the PENALTY KICK! Escobar bails out but Kushida builds speed to slide. Escobar ducks under to waistlock, but Kushida has the arm to ARMBAR BULLDOG again! Fans are fired up as Kushida drags Escobar back up. Kushida puts Escobar in, stalks up behind Escobar, but Escobar avoids the kick! Kushida wheelbarrows to a victory roll, TWO!! Kushida jumps on to body scissor! Escobar makes the Hoverboard into a small package! TWO!! CALF KICK!
Escobar drags Kushida up into the fireman’s carry, but Kushida fights free! Escobar switches, Kushida blocks to sit, TWO, to a sunset! TWO, high stack! TWO, sunset, TWO! Prawn hold, TWO!!! Things speed up again, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down!! “This is Awesome!” and still isn’t over yet! Escobar and Kushida slowly stir, Escobar is in a corner and Kushida runs in! Escobar blocks, puts Kushida up top and ENZIGURIS! Escobar climbs up again, fireman’s carries, fans anticipate what’s coming, and Kushida does, too! Kushida elbows free this time! Kushida has Escobar with a double wristlock, SUPER ARM-DRAG!! HOVERBOARD LOCK!!
Escobar endures, reaches, but Kushida drags him away from the ropes!! Kushida cranks as hard as he can but Escobar keeps fighting! ROPEBREAK! Kushida has the arm still, Escobar rams into buckles, and again! Kushida throws knees in return, and HAMMERLOCK SUPLEXES Escobar into buckles! Kushida drags Escobar back up, for another HAMMERLOCK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Kushida wins!!!
Winner: KUSHIDA, by pinfall (still NXT Cruiserweight Champion)
The Time Splitter outmaneuvers Escobar and holds onto the title! Will this send the Emperor of Lucha to the back of the line? Who is next for Kushida’s growing reign?
What an awesome night! Of course, just about every week of NXT is awesome, but this was especially awesome. I don’t usually note recap packages, but NXT used the small recap of last week’s NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship match to transition into hyping up tonight’s matches. That is something Raw and even SmackDown can learn to do with their recent use of opening recaps. And using this one to set up Kross VS Theory opening the show was pretty well done. Theory and Gargano had great character work here, the match itself was perhaps the most intense a squash match could be, and of course Kross wins.
Gargano being mad at Regal is of course a great running gag. Gargano gets mad he has a match next week, reactively attacks Reed and only makes things worse for himself, and I am sure I am going to again be surprised by how well a steel cage match can go. Maybe Gargano wins, maybe Reed wins, who knows. The Way having that quick superhero spot to remind us again that Candice & Indi won the tag titles was fun, but I was hoping for a bit more, like a minute or so showing us how dysfunctional and chaotic it was to get things right for that little bit we got to see. Or at least a reaction from Shotzi and Ember. Maybe we get another The Way superhero video and then a reaction next week.
The next couple of weeks are being built up pretty well, too. Storm VS Stark, the North American Championship Steel Cage match, maybe Wolfe VS Dain that we were supposed to get tonight, just to name a few for next week, are all great matches. Then in two weeks, Franky Monet finally wrestles for NXT, and Kross VS Balor happens on TV! A big match in May before TakeOver: In Your House 2021 in June makes some sense, and will make for awesome television again. But I am thinking Kross finds a way to retain so that he can be the one who faces Kyle at TakeOver. Dunne’s open challenge answered by Ruff was great, Kyle VS Lorcan was great, Fish returning was awesome, and while I like them as reDRagon, it makes a lot of sense for Kyle and Fish to try things as singles stars for right now.
Grimes losing an auction to DeBiase was great, if only because it gives us a general idea of the (kayfabe) amount of money Grimes is making. He was willing to go to eight million but high double digits was too much. “Hit Row” is a good enough name for Swerve’s faction, their promos together were alright, it was the first time #TopDolla, Briana Brandy or even Ashante “Thee” Adonis (Tehuti Miles) have gotten real talking time, but it helped get their personalities and roles in the group across. Give it some time and I’m sure these four will be a top faction in NXT.
I’m a little surprised the women’s title didn’t main event, but I suppose it did give the match time to breathe. I think some booing had to be piped in to convince viewers that Raquel was the Heel, because I am sure the CWC fans love both Raquel and Mercedes. Raquel retaining makes sense, she just got going with this title, and she is definitely heading to TakeOver to face just about anyone NXT wants her to because there are so many good choices. MSK VS Breezango was a very good tag match, and they had the ref getting involved in a way that enhanced the match, and I think started getting some of the more reluctant CWC fans onboard.
MSK calling out Legado is a good move on their part, as was helping fight Legado off during the main event. Kushida VS Escobar is an awesome match, definitely worthy of the main event, but I figured there would be the usual case of WWE and televised wrestling making the second fall happen really quickly. But even then, NXT had a brilliant way of making that work because commentary sold the surprise of that armbar. Escobar took a smart, tactical approach of giving up his lead to save his arm, and then that arm still comes back to bite him because Kushida just kept after it and used that to win. Kushida retaining makes sense, Escobar can move on to whoever or whatever else, Kushida can give us fresh match ups, and surely Jordan Devlin will be putting his name back in the conversation soon enough.
My Score: 9.4/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (5/11/21)
It’s Dark After Blood & Guts!
There’s still more in the aftermath of Blood & Guts!
Things aren’t slowing down in AEW! Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston are after the Young Bucks but they’ll settle for some Milk Chocolate tonight!
- Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston VS Milk Chocolate; Moxley & Kingston win.
- Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Spencer Slade, Cole Karter & Andrew Palace; The Dark Order wins.
- Lance Archer w/ Jake the Snake VS Angel Fashion; Archer wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Factory VS RYZIN, Jake Logan & Rick Recon; The Factory win(s).
- Varsity Blonds w/ Julia Hart VS Jaylen Brandyn & Traevon Jordan; Varsity Blonds win.
- Diamante VS Willow Nightingale; Diamante wins.
- Dante Martin VS Aaron Frye; Martin wins.
- Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Ashley D’Amboise; Nyla wins.
- Cezar Bononi & Ryan Nemeth w/ The Pretty Picture VS Liam Gray & Adrian Alanis; The Pretty Picture wins.
- Kris Statlander w/ Best Friends VS Julia Hart; Statlander wins.
- Jungle Boy VS Marty Casaus; Jungle Boy wins.
- Big Swole & Red Velvet VS The MK Twins; Swole & Velvet win.
- Preston Vance VS JD Drake w/ The Pretty Picture; Vance wins.
- The Acclaimed VS Sonny Kiss & Joey Janela; The Acclaimed win.
- Bear Bronson VS Brian Cage w/ Hook; Cage wins.
- “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Hook VS Mike Sydal; Hobbs wins.
Moxley & Kingston starting was a nice twist, and they just destroy Milk Chocolate! That is enough to make it a match to watch, and does make sense since Mox and Kingston already competed on Elevation, and Mox is going to need to be 100% for his IWGP US Championship match with Yuji Nagata on Dynamite. The “Violent Crown,” a lariat Half ‘n’ Half suplex combo, is a great team finisher for them, too. Dark Order does great as always, they had a great promo on the Hardy Family Office to build story, but Preston Vance’s mask becoming more and more The Joker has me torn. Yes, The Joker is iconic, he’s THE Batman villain, but it’s so much so that people wanting to reference him (and Harley Quinn by extension) is overdone.
Vance should try to reference some other masked character(s), like Rorschach or Ghost Face. I get it, Pentagon is running around as Venom on and off, and Venom is another frequently referenced character, but not nearly as much so it’s not grating yet. The “Pretty Picture”/”Wingmen” arguing about the name is hilarious stuff, too. I wonder if there will be a match of Bononi & Avalon VS Nemeth & Drake, winners decide which one is the real name. Nemeth & Bononi get a good win for themselves, Vance VS Drake was great and worthy of the “main event” that is basically the entire latter half of these YouTube shows. It was fourth to last, not a real main event, but still great.
Archer doing a springboard cannonball to start the assault was great. Murderhawk Monster squash matches are always fun, especially now that Jake the Snake is getting on commentary for them. I like the arrogance in The Factory that QT Marshall can just sit on the “throne” that is the steel steps on the ramp while watching his guys fight in a 3v2. At the same time, Comoroto is big and strong enough that he can make up for being down a man. QT’s aggression and using the Figure Four after definitely implies nothing is done between him and Cody, but I still wish he had gotten a grudge match with Dustin first.
Julia Hart joining Varsity Blonds is a good sign that the Blonds are moving up in the ranks in AEW as far as presentation. Best Friends made Kris Statlander an honorary member, Julia can be like the varsity cheerleader or something, and we can start getting some mixed tag/mixed trio matches. Brandyn & Jordan, aka Waves & Curls, got a really good showing for a Dark debut, but naturally the Blonds win and I still think their finisher should be the Varsity Bomb. Statlander of course beats Julia, but perhaps seeds have been planted for Best Friends VS Blonds? Diamante calling out Statlander is an interesting choice, but sometimes you just have to throw people together to get a feud going and see what comes of it.
Dante Martin is doing so well as a singles guy while waiting on brother Darrius to recover, I feel like Dante should get a TNT Championship opportunity. Of course, that’s only if Darby Allin retains on Dynamite, or if Miro chooses to be a workhorse champion like Darby. I just hope there isn’t some story where the brothers disagree and there’s a break-up because Top Flight can be a truly amazing team once they’re both running hot like that. JB VS Casaus was good, Casaus getting a good showing before he of course loses because it’s Jungle Boy! #Swolevet should be considered for whatever women’s tag concept AEW thinks of next, they and KiLynn King make a great group.
Again, the latter part of Dark being the “main event,” that is logically where the strength of the card lies. Vance VS Drake, probably Caster’s funniest rap yet, The Acclaimed VS Jersey’s Finest, and then Team Taz’s muscle closing in the last two matches, all great stuff. I almost feel like the tag match could’ve been the main event over the separate Team Taz matches, it was that damn good. Another surprise was that I thought Brian Cage would main event, because he beat Hangman Page and though the FTW Championship isn’t an official title of AEW, you’d think Cage would still be seen as the frontrunner of Team Taz. He also has a great match with Bear Bronson, who is solo right now with Boulder hurt.
And if multiple Team Taz members were on the card tonight, why didn’t they think to have them all enter together and just wait on their opponents to show up? Ricky Starks could’ve even been on commentary to further the passive aggressiveness he has towards Cage. Just a small thing that would’ve helped build story, so that instead of saying “It’s just AEW’s YouTube show,” fans can start to say, “AEW is genius for putting this on YouTube!”
My Score: 8.4/10
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